Boulder in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River
First noted in 1812 by Robert Stuart’s Astorian party returning from the Pacific Coast, the site was heavily used by the mountain men, including Jim Bridger, Jed Smith, and William Sublette, as they pursued the beaver trade in the 1820s and 1830s. Supply trains crossed here enroute to Rendezvous held near today’s Daniel, Wyoming. These caravans brought the area’s first tourist, William Drummond Stewart, its first artist, Alfred Jacob Miller, and the West’s first white women, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Whitman.
In his first trip exploring the West in 1842, John Charles Fremont, guided by mountain man Kit Carson, “nooned” here the week before climbing Fremont Peak.
Frederick Lander used the crossing in 1857-1859, while surveying and building the first federally funded road, the “Lander Cutoff”
According to local legend, the crossing was named in the late 1800s for a hunter and trapper called “Buckskin Joe,” who lived in a cabin near here with his wife and daughter.
All land below this hill and along the river is private property. Please stay on the main road.
Erected by Sublette County Museum Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 42° 33.81′ N, 109° 22.116′ W. Marker is in Boulder, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on Big Sandy Elkhorn Road (State Highway 353) near Lander Cut-off Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2552 Big Sandy Elkhorn Road, Boulder WY 82923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.